The Texas Rangers are taking a stab at Manny Ramirez, signing the 41-year-old veteran to a minor-league contract, The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday.
Ramirez left a team in Taiwan last month to pursue another opportunity in the major leagues. Ramirez will report to the Rangers' Triple-A Round Rock team, according to the Morning News.
In 49 games for the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan, Ramirez hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs but quit in the middle of the season, saying he was homesick and wanted to return to the United States.
Ramirez has not played in the major leagues since 2011 after he tested positive for high levels of testosterone and received a suspension that he served last year in the minor leagues with the Oakland A's organization.
"The reason he decided not to return for the second half (in Taiwan) was to free himself to be available to play in the United States," Ramirez's agent, Barry Praver, said, according to Fox Sports. "This whole thing with Manny in Taiwan was a phenomenon. He invigorated the league. Attendance went through the roof. It was a very positive experience for both sides.
"Manny was so invigorated by his play there that he wants to return to the majors."